Studies have shown that the use of specific natural ways can be effective to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. Before using natural ways, it should be discussed with the doctor because natural products can also interact with psoriasis medications or can also cause allergies.
Following natural ways are found to be effective against Psoriasis:
What to apply on skin and scalp affected by Psoriasis?
Apple Cider vinegar
In ancient times, apple cider vinegar was used as a “Disinfectant”. It was also found effective to reduce inflammation. Apple cider vinegar is also found effective in reducing scalp itching caused by psoriasis. Organic apple cider vinegar can be found very easily at any grocery store.
Apple cider vinegar can be applied to the scalp several times a week. Cotton balls can be used to apply it on the scalp. After application, rinse it off as it dries. It can be used in concentrated or diluted form depending upon the condition of psoriasis.
Concentrated forms can cause a burning sensation; therefore, the use of the diluted form is preferred. Its use prevents the urges to scratch the affected scalp. The use of this natural remedy should be avoided if the scalp skin is cracked because it can cause skin irritation.
For this remedy, the gel can be extracted from fresh leaves of the Aloe Vera plant. This gel should be applied to the affected skin, three times a day.
Studies show that the use of Aloe Vera gel can reduce redness and itching. It can also reduce the scaling caused by Psoriasis. Creams having 0.5% Aloe Vera can also be used, which may alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is also called Melaleuca Oil. It is an essential oil. It is extracted from the leaves of a tea tree is known as “Melaleuca alternifolia”. This tea tree plant is native to Australia. Tea tree oil is considered to have antiseptic qualities and can be applied to skin affected by psoriasis. Antiseptic qualities of this oil can relieve the condition of psoriasis. There is no scientific research to confirm the effectivity of tea tree oil in treating Psoriasis, but Some people have found that its use can relieve scalp psoriasis. People allergic to this oil should avoid its use.
Capsaicin is a chili pepper extract, having “Analgesic” qualities. Capsaicin helps in reducing nerve pain by blocking the nerve endings that transmit pain. These properties have led it to be used in creams to reduce pain. The researches of The University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany have suggested the use of capsaicin in OTC creams can reduce the redness, inflammation, and scaling caused by psoriasis. Therefore, it should be applied to skin affected by Psoriasis. Some people can experience a burning sensation at the beginning of its use.
However, more studies are required to confirm the long-term benefits and safety of capsaicin.
It is a powerful antimicrobial herb which plays a role in immune responses.
Studies suggest that the cream containing 10% mahonia can be used to treat various forms of Psoriasis. It should also be used after the recommendations from the doctor as any allergic reactions can cause complication.
Dead Sea Salt
Dead Sea salt can ease the condition of psoriasis. Dead sea salt can be added to bath water and soaking in this water for 15 minutes may help in the removal of scales and reduce itching. Moisturizer should be applied after this remedy. This remedy should be used after the consultation with doctors because it can also cause allergic reactions in some people.
Oat paste or taking bath in oats can alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis because of its properties of “skin soothing”. There is no scientific proof, which can confirm the use of oats in the treatment of psoriasis, but many people have experienced reduced redness and itching after the use of oats. It should also be used after the consultation of the doctor because an allergic reaction can worsen the condition.
What to eat to reduce the symptoms of Psoriasis?
Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The active ingredients of turmeric can change gene expression. The Studies of The International Union of Biochemistry have highlighted the turmeric’s ability to change TNF cytokine expression. Due to this property of turmeric, it can possibly reduce the symptoms of psoriasis.
It can be used in the form of pill or supplements or it can also be added to curries. FDA confirms that it is safe to use 1.5 to 3.0 grams of turmeric per day. However, it should also be used after the recommendations of the doctor to avoid complications.
Oregon grape is also called as barberry. Studies suggest that its use can reduce the inflammation and pain caused by psoriasis.
Fish oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in the reduction of inflammation. Studies suggest that the use of fish oil may reduce the inflammation caused by psoriasis. Generally, daily the use of 3 grams fish oil is considered safe.
Changes in lifestyle to improve the condition of Psoriasis
Slight changes in lifestyle can improve the condition of psoriasis. Following changes in lifestyle can be effective
Daily bathing helps in the removal of scales associated with psoriasis. It also reduces inflammation. Essential oils, oatmeal or the Dead Sea salt can be added to the water and then, soak to reduce inflammation. Hot water and harsh soaps shouldn’t be used, instead, Luke warm water and the soaps have added oils and fats must be used to avoid dryness.
Moisturizing is important to prevent dryness and cracking of the skin. Moisturizers must be used after bathing, to prevent the dryness. Heavy, ointment-based moisturizers should be used to keep the skin as moist as possible. In the case of dry skin, oil is also preferable. Oils stay longer than the creams or lotions. Oils are more effective to keep skin hydrated and moist. In this way, it prevents water evaporation from the skin. During cold weather, psoriasis can get worse because of dryness. Therefore, oils or moisturizers must be applied several times a day.
Exposure to sunlight is found effective in the improvement of skin affected by psoriasis. For some cases of psoriasis, red scaly patches almost disappeared during summer.
To improve psoriasis, sun exposure is effective, but timing is important. Short sun exposures can be effective while too long exposures can result in sunburn or can worsen the condition. To have this treatment, the patient must try to get adapt to the sun without burning. The use of ultraviolet light is found very effective in many cases of psoriasis. Therefore, this Phototherapy is used in many hospitals to treat Psoriasis.
Avoid Psoriasis Triggers
The triggers which can worsen psoriasis should be avoided. Like,
- Skin Infection worsens the condition of psoriasis.
- Stress, smoking and long exposures of intense sunlight act as the worse triggers of Psoriasis.
- Alcohol consumption can lower the effectivity of some psoriasis treatments. Therefore, people suffering from Psoriasis should avoid alcohol.
People already suffering from psoriasis should avoid these triggers.
There are several alternatives which claim to lower the symptoms of psoriasis. No scientific evidence confirms it. Generally, home treatments are safe but still, it can cause allergic responses. Therefore, home treatments should be should only after the consultation of the doctor.